Search Results: "Christopher Flavin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"This volume, which launches a Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series, should be made part of the economic and political-science curriculum for undergraduates and graduate programs, including business schools."
To remake our outmoded notions of economics—and to save the global environment—the Worldwatch Institute delivers a comprehensive, persuasive guide to achieving a sustainable economy based on energy efficiency and reuse, rather than waste, of resources. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW LANTERN by Teresa Flavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"For most readers, the first two mysteries will have sufficed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In this, their third art adventure, Sunni and Blaise are inexorably pulled back to the painting The Mariner's Return to Arcadia in Blackhope Tower, the setting of their first encounter with the artist/sorcerer Fausto Corvo and villain Soranzo (The Blackhope Enigma, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON SHARD by Teresa Flavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A gripping continuation. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In the sequel to The Blackhope Enigma (2011), a villain abducts Sunni and Blaise to discover the secrets they learned while inside magical artist Fausto Corvo's painting. Read full book review >

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THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA by Teresa Flavin
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Readers raised on Jon Agee's The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau (1988) will be delighted with Flavin's fully-realized, action-packed debut. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Video games and themes parks are no match for the world Il Corvo created. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Flavin's smiling, multicultural cast reinforces the message of this bluntly purposeful tale designed to spark family or class interchanges while validating a wide variety of family arrangements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a diversity lesson covered by the thinnest veneer of plot, children in a classroom pipe up to describe their families: large, small, nuclear, and extended; interracial, international, single-parent, divorced parents, same-sex parents; comprised of multiple generations, adoptees, absent members, and even pets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD COTTON BLUES by Linda England
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A depiction of Johnny's deceased father, blowing on the harmonica in heaven, is an effective evocation of the joy of music, and the distinctively African faces of the angels are radiantly done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dexter is a boy who loves three things: his mother, pork chops, and the ``sound of Johnny Cotton's clarinet.'' That last one makes Dexter feel ``the blue-down blues, and the deep-down- shaking, slow-laughing feel-goods.'' This city-dwelling boy, who has just one parent, has the strong desire to play, too; his dream of having a clarinet is not possible, but the kindly Johnny shares his time and encourages the boy with a story and a gift- -his own father's harmonica. Read full book review >

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YOU HAVE TO WRITE by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Elementary teachers will find this unusual combination of poetry and advice a useful introduction to creative-writing assignments. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Coming up with new ideas is a common dilemma of many a writer, from budding elementary-school essayists to experienced novelists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Most libraries will want to make room on the biography shelves for this one, which will be useful during Black History Month and for those inevitable biography book-reports. (author's note) (Biography. 8-11)"
Borden (Good Luck, Mrs. K!, 1999, etc.) and Kroeger collaborate for the second time (Paperboy, 1996) in this easy biography of the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DENVER’S ANCIENT RHYMES by Christopher Canyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A better-than-usual effort in the trend of song illustration. (CD in hardcover, score) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Denver's gentle lullaby comes to life in Canyon's gorgeous paintings. Read full book review >

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PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ending on a peaceful, satiated note, this explosive episode makes a first-rate entry in the annals of picture-book sneezes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wormell (Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, see above) seamlessly blends landscape and playscape in this tale of a wonderfully catastrophic train wreck. Read full book review >

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BLUE RABBIT AND THE RUNAWAY WHEEL by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Not exactly a lesson in taking responsibility, but give Blue Rabbit some points for not trying to shift the blame. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A moment of inattention lands Blue Rabbit in hot water in this simply told follow-up to Blue Rabbit and Friends (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER ON THE FARM by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A final spread presents all the animals for counting in a read-aloud of which adults won't quickly tire. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gunson presents the numbers from one to ten in a sumptuous book for the very young that toys with the familiar childhood ditty, ``Over in the Meadow.'' ``Over in the field in the green and the blue/lived a woolly mother sheep/and her little sheep two./`Leap,' said the mother./`We leap,' said the two. . . .'' The rhyming builds on the framework of animal babies whose numbers continue to increase. Read full book review >